Sunday, 11 March 2018


Was it intentional, not at first. Was I confused, most definitely! I found myself in Zara changing room trying on this red blouse but not sure as to which way I was to wear it - it didn't help that in store they displayed them as pussy-bow blouses, which is what I was looking for, but the neck label was there?!

So I thought wear it how you want to and we'll take it from there, the v-neckline works really well for a larger bust and the bow just looked fabulous - after checking the sleeves it made no difference which way it could be worn, and down the back (which is really the front) it was all buttoned - a look I could not pull off, I would need to undo a couple of them at the top and then the neck tie would not work.


And so my lovely readers, if you love this blouse my advice to you is - if you have a small bust and you like a tie-back style blouse then this is perfect for you. And if you have a larger bust and need a v-neckline for balance, and you love a bow at the front, then this is perfect for you too (just remove the neck label ;) ).

And if you can get away with both... you are one lucky chick! A good one to do a day-to-night trick on.

Red Blouse

Sizing is true to fit, I need around a 12 and I bought a Medium. The sleeves are lovely and floaty and they finish just passed the elbow. I would have preferred for an extra inch or two in length but that said it fits nicely over jeans too without tucking in - so again very versatile.

And here's my overall look which I wore today for Mothering Sunday, Mum and I popped into central Oxford and I have to say I was very impressed with the new Westgate Shopping Centre, I shall certainly be returning.

red blouse
@Loved by Lizzi

Outfit details:

  • Iconic Ted Baker Coat - I've had this three years and still loving!
  • Red blouse - Zara (this season)
  • Leopard print belt - Biba at House of Fraser - I've had this three years or more
  • Black jeans - Next 
  • Red boots - New Look (last season)
  • Red Tote Bag - Topshop (this season but only in store)

Lizzi Richardson
@Loved by Lizzi

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Thursday, 8 March 2018


When you want to change something in your life, perhaps learn a new career skill, improve your health goals or even simply to update your wardrobe style then it’s good to take inspiration from those that you can relate to. This doesn’t always have to be a ‘celebrity’ but with the whole world at our fingertips this can be a good start – it’s important that we relate to them, to help us achieve what we want to do.

Today being International Women's Day this has inspired me to think about 'Women who have or do inspire me today?' And because Loved by Lizzi is all about fashion, I felt these superwomen simply had to be from the fashion world.

I'm often asked where I get my inspiration from to write my posts; I'm never without ideas in fact I have lists, upon lists of blogpost ideas that so far haven't even made it into concept stage; that's when I start to break up the idea and think about what pieces I need to put it all together. And whilst I take inspiration from the usual suspects of magazines, high street, books and the world around me, sometimes it's as simple as a woman in the fashion world doing her own thing, making her way in this world, her way - and that's truly inspirational.

Isabella and the two Victorias below have in one way or another made an impact on me, maybe persuading me to buy an item or perhaps changing a habit or I have learnt ‘something’ from them, perhaps where they have failed and it’s taught me that you have to pick yourself up and carry on. 

I feel that I know these women fairly well, through reading about them, observing them on social media or maybe simply by attending exhibitions that have been curated around their life’s work.  All three women have, for me, some characteristics that I can relate to, they are hard-working, determined to achieve and are close to their families, all of these qualities mean a lot to me.

I just wanted to write this post as a celebration towards today, I've picked three women (I could have selected more!) and I've themed this around the past, the present and the one to watch in the future. I've intentionally picked photos of them in their everyday life (believe me for Isabella this photo is 'normal'), to show that they are real people, doing their own thing.

Let's start with the past...


Isabella Blow
Isabella Blow on Instagram

Isabella was born in 1958 and sadly died in 2007, her death could have come earlier as she suffered very much with depression throughout her life, and it was suicide that ended it. 

Her whole life was dedicated to fashion and the young unknowns that she brought to the forefront because she understood their love and dedication to this subject; her most famous being Alexander McQueen. The poor 'rich society girl' who was renowned for being eccentric, over-powering and overspending the Vogue's magazine budget - she didn't let people or money stop her from setting out to achieve her goals. Her bio written by her husband is a book I highly recommend, I've read it twice myself!

My takeaways from Izzy are, be creative, be passionate and have lots of fun. 

And today....


Victoria Beckham
VB on Instagram

Now this comes and no surprise that I have selected VB as my present, a huge Spice Girls fan, Posh was always my favourite. Over the years I've never stopped being a fan, and the one thing I love the most has been following her on her journey as a British Designer which she has just celebrated it's tenth year. Over these ten years I've seen a lot of hard work and whilst I get she has a team to support her today, she only started with two people helping her. This fashion business has not been an overnight success, it's been a journey which inspires me to stay on mine.

My takeaways from VB, follow your dreams, it's a journey, put family first.

And the one to watch...

Probably better known as IN THE FROW

Victoria In The Frow
Victoria IN THE FROW on Instagram

This young Victoria is fifteen years younger than me, but she is probably one of the most hard working individuals I follow through social media - A YouTuber, Blogger and Social Influencer, and whilst it's clear she has an agency supporting her, you can see how she does pretty much all of it herself with the dedicated support of her boyfriend Alex.

I'm truly inspired by her - the products she uses or her designer taste is not of interest really to me, some of that may be an age thing, some of that could be a style thing - but she is one superwoman that is a real positive force for our younger generation of ladies who could learn a lot from her positive working values. 

She's not all about fashion, make-up and accessories - although she quite happily admits this all makes her happy, she has studied hard over the years achieving a PhD researching Mobile Consumer Behaviour - and for a 28 year old she has done a lot!

My takeaways from Victoria, learning new skills, work hard, stay focus and enjoy what you do.

And so I end with this unusual post from me with this style quotation from Isabella... as it always makes me laugh.

quotation from Isabella Blow
Isabella Blow on Instagram


Sunday, 4 March 2018


I've never really done a shopping haul kind of post but I've bought lots of exciting new products just lately all aimed at Spring, and I thought I would put it all together in one post. I always get excited by Spring and the shift between wearing a lot of neutrals which we all typically do in Winter time, into more colour.

One of the areas I think we tend to forget is our make up, over Winter heavier foundation can really protect your skin from the elements, but once Spring has sprung I get an urge to lighten my foundation and I think it's nice to invest in some new make up, to kind of freshen up your look. Now what I'm showing you below has been tailored for me, but my advice is pick a brand you happy to spend on, take time out of your day to go into the store with the mindset that you will get their brand rep to talk through their new collection, and get them to apply it on.

Don't feel you have to buy everything, but most likely you need to freshen your make up with two or three new items, so be sure you focus on them first.

No.7 make up

On my list was either a tinted moisturiser or a light foundation, my brief to the rep was I wanted a dewy finish, as I wasn't planning on wearing powder and I wanted my face to appear fresh looking.

She recommended No.7 Instant Radiance Foundation, and after checking my skin tone (which I knew would be warm) she confirmed I was a Warm Ivory. She recommended to apply this with a blusher brush and not a foundation sponge or brush, so that I would get that lighter dewy look - and I have to say I am very happy with the results. 10/10.

Now my eyebrow maker needed replacing, I am currently using Brow Artist Genius Kit by L'Oreal, which if I didn't like what she proposed I was planning to buy again. The No.7 Beautiful Eyebrow Kit offered a lot more than my existing palette, a choice of two shades of brown to enable me to mix, plus a highlighter too, which I don't use on my daytime look, but I do use eyeshadow to do this for evening, and so by having this in my kit that could mean one less item to travel with - that's a big tick from me. So far so good, but I need more time before I rate it.

I then asked about blusher, I wanted a lighter option to what I use today, which is Luminous Blush (Russet) by Avon, this is I think very wintery and I'm not keen to continue using it into Spring. The rep talked me out of blusher, and suggested a bronzer kit, Shimmering Palette Rose, she felt it would give me more options, I could use the brown strip as a blusher, and then apply a mix of all shades over my face and neckline. She suggested to stay away from a typical blusher blush but to use a bigger one for a lighter effect, and builder it up over several applications to get the desired effect. Again I'm going to need longer to play with this, but I've been happy so far.

If you want to see me talking through the products that I have bought, then these on my Highlights on my Instagram Profile, you will need to click here on your mobile and have an Instagram app to view.

Boots No.7 is currently running an offer on that if you buy two products you get this kit below, the lipstick I chose was Sweet Chestnut 670.

No.7 make up

Now moving onto shoes, I've bought two pairs in the last couple of weeks, ready for my trip to Portugal.  The espadrilles I'm about to show you are currently in the sale with not much stock left, so if you like them you need to buy them fast before your size sells out.

I do not think that the website does the product justice, I was so happy with them once they arrived, fit is true to size and they are fabulous quality, Gaimo is a family-owned Spanish brand who specialise is espadrilles and I've been impressed with the quality of the suede.

I've also got this as a highlight on my Instagram Profile talking you through these, so repeat as above, click on the link with your mobile and make sure you have an Instagram app to be able to view.

Gaimo for OFFICE
Home Wrap Front Wedge - Red Natural Suede
Was £64.99, now £40

red espadrilles
Gaimo for Office

I've also purchased these red kitten heels from New Look, I've posted previously about how I do not spend a lot of money on shoes, mainly because I find heels do not last with me plus I get bored easily and so designer shoes are just not my thing.

I'm loving these little kitten heels, so comfy, great to wear with jeans, capri style trousers and I probably will be wearing them to the office with skirts - very versatile. Great price £17.99 and they also come in cream or black. I just love the suedette finish.

New Look
Red Suedette V Front Pointed Kitten Heels

red kitten heels

And rather annoyingly Topshop are not featuring my new red handbag (I know there is a lot of red going on, but you will see why over the next few posts - all will be revealed!) I'm absolutely loving this bag and it's still available in store at £28. Just be aware it's an open tote, so no zip to close it completely, but it does have a zipped non-integral pouch which is big enough for phone, keys and a small purse.

Lizzi Richardson
Today's OOTD post which features by red bag

So let me know if you like this style of post, are you happy with a mix selection of products - I sometimes feel some of my readers miss out as I tend to talk through new products on my social media sites. Let me know what you think, and let me know if you purchase any of these, I'd love to hear form you.

Lizzi Richardson

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Sunday, 25 February 2018


Oasis Pink Knit

Let's all ignore the fact that it's going to snow this week, since when has that stopped us looking lovely! The last couple of days have been glorious sunshine and despite the very cold weather, it is time to brighten up your knitwear! Spring is the season for colour, for fresh designs and a little less drab. So if you need a little cheering up, start with your knitwear - you need it at the moment to keep you warm - just add some colour.

Now before I go into any great detail, I have a little message to my readers who know me in person, everything in this post (or any others) even if I have purchased it for myself to wear - you have the green light to buy it for yourself. I would be absolutely thrilled if you did buy something I own, and by all means show me how YOU style it, tag me into your posts and feel free to use the hashtag #lovedbylizzi

Now on to this beautiful knit from Oasis - I have been drawn to this top every time I see it, and yet pink is not really my colour, so I've decided to break the rules, and I'm wearing it, I've teamed it with some lighter blue jeans and I feel like Spring has arrived.

It's a clinging knit, so I've sized up one size which means the seam is sitting just slightly off my shoulders, but I feel the bigger size has given me overall a smoother finish. And as I plan to mainly wear this at the weekend, this gives quite a relaxed vibe to my look. 

Colourblock Knit

Now with selecting other options, I normally save the best till last - not today, after this gorgeous pink colourblock knit, there were two more in the running!

The first was a new brand really for me AND/OR in John Lewis, my local store have just reallocated the shop floor space and this brand now is in a prominent position, so I couldn't help but peruse, and came across this little number. I loved it, I just don't know if it loves me... so I plan to try it on again on my next shopping trip and see how I feel next time, so potentially this is still on my hit list!

The neckline was very comfortable, the new modern sleeve shape was just right, after trying a few of these on now the heavier cuff makes it sit better (you'll see later in my post it's one of the negative points about the H&M jumper). This is a size 12, which would be about right, but next time I plan to try the 10, as an hourglass it's got too much going on around the waist so I need to minimise this - if you have a straight body, then I would suggest staying true to your size.

Kate Cutabout Rib Jumper, Deep Blue

AND OR Kate Cutabout Deep Blue

I LOVED this one! Sadly I can't wear this, the two-tone frilly detail is not ideal for the larger bust, that aside the fit was true to size, a lovely soft knit that felt lovely against the skin. Gorgeous cable detailing and I really like the frilly cuffs, not too over-the-top but enough to give it some attention. It's an easy weekend knit that has a romantic style to it, and I feel teamed with some lovely cream wide-leg trousers this would be a very modern office look - it's a 10/10 from me.

Exclusive to John Lewis
Somerset by Alice Temperley Frill Two Tone Jumper, Coral

Somerset Alice Temperley Two Tone Frill

Now the next two are Mint Velvet, they had quite selection to choose from, and these were my favourite two. Both really great quality, really good fit and both were true to size.

Mint Velvet
Watermelon Love Crew Neck Knit

Mint Velvet Watermelon Love Knit

This next one, the neckline was perfect; don't forget we can still have very cold days in Spring and keeping the neck warm I feel you can then get away with a lighter jacket or coat and forget the scarf, which gives you a less wintery look on what could be a very crisp fresh day.

Mint Velvet
Twisted Yarn Cowl Neck Knit

Mint Velvet Cowl Neck

I had to go yellow at some point in this post! And this one is it - Miss Selfridge knit with button detail. I had to size up one size to get a good fit, but overall I think this is good value for money at £35. It also comes in a black with white stripe detailing.

Miss Selfridge
Ochre Button Neck Knitted Jumper

Ochre Jumper

And I'm finishing up with H&M, this brand always has bright colour knitwear going on, so if you don't know where to start, start in this store. You can get a feel for what colours suit you, they tend to have a lot of choice and one thing is for sure, they will have the latest modern styles.

This bell-sleeve blue jumper is VERY oversized and I found the cuffs were not strong enough to hold the shape, well not as good once I compared it to AND/OR above.  It's a great price though at £34.99 if you want to buy-in to this trend. It's a gorgeous blue, I couldn't find it online, so you will have to head in store. But I found the next best alternative and it's the same price, I think it's slightly shorter in the body and it's more a blue-blue rather than a teal

H&M blue jumper

Knitted wool-blend jumper

Lizzi Richardson

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Product Review: The Silky Roll Neck

Silky Roll Neck

During this winter I have loved wearing this Silky Roll Neck from Kettlewell Colours; 
I first wrote about this gorgeous silky roll neck last September where I styled it under one of my summer Zara dresses - back then there were 25 colours in the collection - now there are 36 to choose from! 

This week I got super excited to see that celebrity star Fearne Cotton was styled wearing it for the Telegraph's Stella Magazine, doesn't she look fabulous! - This inspired me to wear it this week and so the above photo is what I wore to work this Tuesday. I teamed it with my red Zara jacket and my new fabulous tote bag from Topshop.

Kettlewell Colours Instagram
Kettlewell Colours Instagram

Why do I love it so much, well because...

  • The silky finish is super soft, and as it fits like a second skin, it feels lovely to wear 
  • It has a long length to the body - this is great to be able to create a rouching effect to hide any areas you don't want to put focus on or if you wear it under a dress or skirt the longer length helps to give a smooth line
  • I also feel that the silky finish looks far nicer than a cotton roll neck - it can really enhance the overall look you want to create
  • I love the versatility of it - you can wear it as a top or as an under-garment
  • It's so easy to wash - I use a 30 degrees cycle and I've found if you hang it on a hanger to dry, no ironing required (bonus)
  • Whilst wearing it throughout the day, I've noticed it keeps it's shape really well, I have a habit of scrunching sleeves up and down throughout the day, which can make them quite messy on some tops and this just doesn't do that!
  • I'm typically a size 12 in Next or M&S for tops and I'm wearing a size Medium, if in any doubt I would size down as you do not want this baggy.

The Silky Roll Neck from Kettlewell Colours is priced at £39 - and I've picked my favourite colours from each of the colour seasons.

My favourite for Winters - White

white silky roll neck

My favourite for Autumns - Aubergine

Aubergine - Silky Roll neck

My favourite for Summers - Dove Grey

Dove Grey - Silky Roll neck

My favourite for Springs - Coral

And if you want to copy Fearne Cotton, and why not, she looks fabulous - then opt for the Deep Claret to team with a pink floral dress - Absolutely gorgeous!!

Deep Claret - Silky Roll Neck

Lizzi Richardson
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The Silky Roll Neck in this post was gifted to me by Kettlewell Colours for my collaboration on Summer to Autumn - Three Ways in September 2017I am not part of any affiliates programme with them, so any purchases you make with Kettlewell Colours using the links in this post there are no financial earnings to Lizzi of Loved By Lizzi